A noninvasive, painless imaging procedure, cardiac MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses large magnets, radio waves and a computer to generate moving images of your heart and major blood vessels. The test involves no radiation exposure.
Cone Health Medical Group cardiologists rely on the detailed images from a cardiac MRI to watch your heart as it beats and evaluate how well it functions. An MRI also may show problems not easily seen with other imaging methods.
Advanced Technology for Assessment & Diagnosis
Cardiac MRI helps your doctor evaluate and diagnose a wide range of cardiovascular diseases and conditions, including:
- Cardiac tumors
- Congenital heart conditions – Defects or conditions present at birth
- Coronary heart disease
- Damage from a heart attack
- Heart failure
- Heart valve problems
- Pericarditis – Inflammation of the membrane (sac) around the heart
What to Expect
For an MRI, you’ll lie on a table while the scanner focuses on the specific area of the body to be studied. In some cases, the test may require an intravenous dye to help certain structures appear more clearly.
The computer combines the series of images from the MRI scan to create a detailed view of the heart, vessels or other area of the body. Because the images also may be viewed remotely, your CHMG heart doctor and other members of your health care team can work together to provide you with the best possible assessment of your condition.